Rumi was a thirteenth century mystical poet. He believed passionately in the use of music, poetry and dance as a path for reaching God. He was a founder of whirling dervishes in the Sufi tradition.

Today I came across a Rumi quote that I love (Listen, A Seeker’s Resource for Spiritual Direction), July 2012, vol 6: issue 3).

“The breeze at dawn has secrets to tell you; Don’t go back to sleep. You must ask for what you really want: Don’t go back to sleep. People are going back and forth across the doorsill where the two worlds touch. The door is round and open. Don’t go back to sleep.”

The author, Pegge Erkeneff, of the article, Cultivate Spiritual Awareness, which contains this Rumi quote, suggests, “Stop everything you are doing, be still.  Ask yourself, and then ponder: What is it I truly desire in my life? Dare I believe in possiblity?”

To dare to believe in possibility is akin to believing in the Mystery, God; through faith, through awareness, through being still and listening, we are able to cross the barrier between the physical and spiritual, entering into union with life-giving wholeness.

Word and Song Café

Summer Tea by Richard Miller

What a pleasure it was to read at the Word and Song Café in West Huntington, WV.

The tea cost $3 a person with all proceeds going to a local food bank.

This amazing event began Friday and ended Sunday. 

I attended the Sunday tea-session. I had a lot of fun, got to read from Terrible Toes, and enjoyed hearing the harmonica club play music, sing, and generally keep the festivity going.

There was a charitable tea held beneath a huge gazebo. The Old Central City Gazebo

Pretty round tables were set up covered by pink tablecloths with lace-covered trays, napkins, and very pretty china teacups and saucers.  Very English.  And I should know.  The hostess was Betty Schoew of Manchester House and Tea Catering (bringing you an elegant tea experience). Betty does catering so consider her for your next event. The tea party  was incredible.  Rich hot tea–Lady Londonderry– in traditional teapots and apricot/peach iced tea was served by volunteers, including me and other writers. The sweets included delicious scones and lots of other exquisite cookies–all home-baked.  

All around the gazebo were flowers. I couldn’t resist and bought a hanging basket loaded with different colored flowers for my new house.  They look gorgeous.  The horticulturist was Donna Rumbaugh: Perennial Favorites, LLC. You can reach her at Her website is

The harmonica club meet every Tuesday 7pm-9pm at GINO’S PUB at 25th street and 5th AVE., in Huntington. Their website is   If you can’t go to their meetings, you can even PLAY ALONG with them on-line.  They were a lot of fun and very talented folks.

A big thanks to Laura Bentley, poet and writer, who invited me. I felt honored to participate.